I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Phoenix Coyotes, December 6, 2013

The Canucks and the NHL spent most of this week making a big promotional push for the upcoming Heritage Classic. That in mind, we probably should have expected the first game after tickets became available to continue the promotional push. Back at Rogers Arena after a successful road trip, the Canucks did everything short of giving away the win to make fans rue their homecoming. They played a snoozefest of a game in the building, then reminded fans of the last brutal homestand by squandering a two-goal lead late before gutting out the win in overtime.

It was yet another reminder that, for whatever reason, this team isn’t very good at Rogers Arena. If only there was another building… Say! There is! And on March 3, the Canucks will be there. It’ll be like an away game, but at home! Tickets are still available. I watched this [Heritage Classic commercial] game.

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After 30 games of unfortunately good luck, Andrew Alberts finally gets a shot

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past month talking about the luck the Canucks haven’t been getting. Game after game, they’ve owned the play like a young Marlon Brando, but goals have been tough to come by. As Glen Gulutzan said Thursday, “We’re creating, we’re putting pucks on the net. We have a ton of zone time. It’s just a matter of those pucks going in.”

He’s right. The Canucks really don’t need to change a thing about the way they play. After all, they’ve come too far to give up who they are. They just need to get lucky. (As it happens, if they were luckier, they’d be up all night. Instead, they play from behind a lot. They’ve got a league-leading eight wins after giving up the game’s first goal.)

But while the coconuts have been unlucky in this area, they haven’t been unlucky everywhere.

The recent announcement that Alex Edler would be missing a few weeks with a knee problem marks the first time this season that the team has lost a defenceman to injury. For the past 30 games — outside of the three-game suspension Edler served earlier in the year — the Canucks haven’t had to make a single change to their top-six.

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